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Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovat ... more
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Additionally, other emissions (e.g., PFCs) that are well regulated and generally understood, will see an increase in the quantities as a result of more layers being processed for 3D chips.
Even the potential transition to 450mm wafers will figure into the industry's need for a more accurate scope of the EHS challenges involved.
The increase in wafer size will naturally lead to larger manufacturing equipment noted Moffatt and that, in turn, will drive increases in energy, water, and process chemical consumption at both the tool and fab levels.
As regulatory pressure increases on a global scale, the situation also becomes more complex.
Beyond the use of new materials such as III-Vs and nanomaterials, Moffatt commented that new methods of energetics (i.e., ways of putting energy into a processing system) will require very careful and close assessment of the risk control measures.
Another sustainability issue arises from the basic fact that, as opposed to the highly prevalent element of silicon in the earth's crust, many of the newer materials being used in higher quantities for semiconductor manufacturing (e.g.,Ga, As, etc.) are much less abundant.
These exotic materials, of necessity, must be handled in the most efficient of ways.
Going forward, there will be increased regulatory pressure to reduce a fab's carbon footprint and produce more sustainable products.
Moffatt says the industry can expect more pressure to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along with adhering to conflict minerals regulations and managing EHS concerns throughout the entire life-cycle of a product (Figure 2).
"One company can't do it on its own, it's a life-cycle consideration," said Moffatt.
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